Where The Troops Go, We Go

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By Thomas Jastermsky, Holy Joe’s Café

For the troops out in the field, even just a cup of coffee can bring the taste of home. Having a moment of down time with fellow active duty military personnel can help alleviate stress and build camaraderie.

Since 2006, Holy Joe’s Café has been sending free coffee and supplies to deployed U.S. military chaplains on military bases around the world. Here, anyone on the base  from NATO medical teams to Special Operating Forces  can stop in to relax and share in a taste of home. All are welcome, no matter their faith or background.

“Every time they have a cup of coffee, they are reminded that somebody cares about them. Even though I may only walk through the unit a couple times a month, the Chaplains Corps presence is felt on a daily basis, which is huge,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Keith Manry, 36th Wing chaplain.

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Gender Equity: Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Supply Chain

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Gender equity is good for the coffee business.

The Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) believes that vibrant farming communities are the key to producing better coffee, and more of it. Therefore, they’re working to address this issue through large-scale collaboration, standardized best practices, and stronger data – starting with the report, “The Way Forward: Accelerating Gender Equity in Coffee Value Chains.”

During a recent NCA webinar, “Gender Equity: Strengthening the Links of the Coffee Supply Chain,” industry experts Kimberly Easson, Samantha Veide, and Chad Trewick discussed key findings, required resources, and where the industry can go from here.

Four highlights emerged from the research:

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Video: How Wasted Soap Became a Catalyst for Change

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The theme of the National Coffee Association 2017 Convention is “innovation” – inspired not only by our host city Austin, TX, but the transformations and transitions we’re seeing across the coffee industry.

Wherever it’s found, innovation can be fueled by the power of “weak connections”  (and strong coffee). In other words, exposure to fresh perspectives through conversation and acquaintances – such as networking with more than 700 coffee industry executives – helps your brain combine different ideas in new ways.

Because often, inspiration comes from the most unlikely places. For instance: leftover soap can catalyze life-saving change.

Here, Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project Founder & CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, shares how learning about the hospitality industry’s considerable waste led him to create a global humanitarian initiative.

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The Secret Life of Bees

By Nikki Seibert Kelley for the Bee Cause Project

“In the end, we only conserve what we love, we only love what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught.”

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Under the dabbled light of a subtropical forest, the sweet smell from coffee flowers entices one of java’s smallest customers: the honeybee.

Honeybees are attracted to coffee flowers for their sugary, high-quality nectar. According to recent studies, visits from pollinators have been shown to increase coffee yields by as much as 50%.

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Overcome All: An Open Letter From Jason Redman

Editor’s note: On March 19 at the NCA 2016 Annual Convention in San Diego, CA, former Navy SEAL Jason Redman shared the story of his journey into Iraq and back – immediately putting any bad day at the office in perspective (hint: if you’re not being shot at, it’s probably not so bad).

Due to the demand for more information on Redman from Convention attendees, we’re posting the following letter that he sent to Bill Murray, NCA CEO, following the event. The letter includes Redman’s five principles of elite performers and six tenants to live by. 

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Grounds for Health Doubles Impact in 2015, Has Big Plans Ahead

Cervical cancer is a nearly 100% treatable disease, and yet in the next 15 years it is expected to kill six million women – 90% of whom will live in developing countries.

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By Pam Kahl, Vice President, Communications and Development, Grounds For Health

In the last 18 months, Grounds for Health has quietly reorganized to meet our goal of reaching 50,000 women annually by 2020.

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A Holiday Guide to Gifts That Give Back

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Still looking for that perfect gift for the coffee lover(s) in your life?

Whether you’re shopping for a picky coworker or your geeky sibling who already has all the latest gadgets, we got you covered.

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, our editors put together a coffee-themed guide to charitable gift ideas that let you make a difference with each dollar.

These are only a few of the many companies and products that make it easy to give back this holiday season. Please let us know if we’re forgetting your favorite in the comments, or contact us at info@ncausa.org.

 

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First-Ever Official International Coffee Day to Take Place on Oct. 1, 2015

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We’re excited to be a part of the inaugural celebration of the coffee industry, which will focus on raising support for smallholder coffee farmers.

The ICO and Oxfam‘s “Caffè Sospeso Against Poverty” campaign is based on the concept of a ‘caffè sospeso,’ an Italian tradition of paying for a second cup of coffee to be given to a person in need.

Learn more over on the International Coffee Organization Blog, and stay tuned for updates.

How will you celebrate the first #InternationalCoffeeDay?

A Taste of Home

By Tom Jastermsky

Sometimes a small cup of coffee can make a big difference. It can be a taste of home for members of the military abroad, offering consistency and comfort in difficult times.

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Since 2006, Holy Joe’s Café has been an all-volunteer outreach program sending free coffee to deployed chaplains who are embedded with troops throughout the world. The organization is based out of The First Congregational Church in Wallingford, Connecticut.

This relaxing and informal setting gives soldiers an opportunity to decompress, relax and speak with a chaplain — while also enjoying a good cup coffee.

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